The neighborhood around 3900 81st Avenue North is what police call "quiet." They rarely are called here. The mostly rambler style houses are generally well-kept.
Now, the street could be known as a place where neighbors watch out for one another.
"It was the quick thinking of the neighbor that got us going right away," said Inspector Todd Milburn, spokesperson for Brooklyn Park Police.
Police say mid-morning on Wednesday, a neighbor saw a woman knocking on the home next door. When the young woman didn't get an answer, a group of men got out of the car and went around to the back of the house. Since this seemed odd, the neighbor decided to call the homeowner.
"The activity prompted [the neighbor] to call the homeowner who confirmed that those people should not have been at the home," said Inspector Milburn. "The homeowner requested to call us immediately, which is the exact proper procedure that we ask everyone to do."
What happened next is something Brooklyn Park police say happens frequently in the suburbs, especially in the warm summer months. Police say a woman will go to the front door and see if someone is home. If someone answers the door, she asks for a person, directions, or even a lost dog. If no one is at home, would be burglars get out of the car and kick in the back door and take what they want.
Usually the crime isn't reported until the homeowner returns home, which is sometimes hours after the burglary happens. A watchful neighbor changed this scenario this week in Brooklyn Park.
"You should contact police right away as soon as you see someone suspicious so we can get into picture and take care of business. In this case it worked out absolutely perfectly," said Inspector Milburn.
Police responded and saw a vehicle full of people leaving the home and then the car ran a stop sign. After a short chase, police arrested four people and found suspected stolen items inside the car. Police recovered three handguns, three rifles, an iPad, jewelry and a large amount of money.
Arrested were Christine Lewis, 19, from Fridley; Dashay Williams, 20, from Minneapolis; Trevon Williams, 19, from Minneapolis; and an unnamed juvenile. The suspects are charged with second degree burglary.
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